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Plans are underway to shift the Manning Market Colombo to Peliyagoda where it will be re-established as a market complex with all facilities. The Urban Development Authority (UDA) is constructing the new market in a 25 acre-block of land near the Peliyagoda wholesale fish market on the advice of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.
This market complex will meet the requirements of the farmer, consumer and the trader. It will comprise among other facilities 100 two storied-wholesale vegetable stalls (each 120 square feet), 662 retail vegetable sales stalls, processing centre for vegetables and fruits for export, employees rest rooms, restaurants, service centre, parking space for 135 lorries and 200 cars, according to Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. The UDA estimated cost of the market complex is Rs. 1357 million.
This was revealed at a meeting held at the Economic Development Ministry. Senior representatives of the Economic Development ministry, the UDA, Co-operatives and Internal Trade Ministry, Ports and Highways Ministry, Western Provincial Council, Colombo Municipal Council, Peliyagoda Urban Council and Manning Market Traders Association participated in the meeting.
At present, Manning Market is located in a three-and-a-half acre area in Colombo. Vegetables and fruits transported to the city from all parts of the island are sold to wholesale traders at this market, which was earlier situated at Kachcheri Road, Colombo. In 1983 it was shifted to the present Manning Stores which was built during the colonial era for storing sugar. Eight store rooms were divided into small sections and given to wholesale and retail traders to be used as vegetable and meat stalls.
There are nearly 1,178 wholesale and retail stalls at Manning Market where facilities are very limited. Around 200 lorry loads arrive at the market from around 4.00 a.m. daily. Almost 50,000 people and about 1,000 vehicles arrive daily to make purchases there. In addition to nearly 2,000 labourers (‘naataamis’) working daily, about 5,000 others are also employed at the market, according to Manning Market Traders Association President Lal Hettige.
Manning Market Traders Association President says that the construction of the new market complex at Peliyagoda is a long-cherished dream of his come true. He expressed his gratitude to Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for taking the initiative to build the new market under the guidance of the President.
Once the Manning Market is shifted to Peliyagoda, the present market site will be used to build a new bus terminus with all facilities and a market complex for pavement hawkers. A cabinet decision on this was taken in December 2011.